Let us never lose an opportunity to bring sunshine into the lives
of those who look up to our encouragement and those who need us at
their side. A
few encouraging words could make a huge difference in someoneís life.
If ever we need some helping hands, they are at the end of our arms.
We may use them to help ourselves and/or to help others. Let us
learn from the following analogy of life through a mousetrap.
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and
his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse
wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a
mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this
warning : "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap
in the house."
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr.
Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no
consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to
the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
mousetrap in the house."
have two hands. Take with one and with other you give. Thatís the way
life works out and thatís the way to live. What you get and what you
give must balance up someday. Itís give a little, take a little all
along the way. ~unknown
pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about but pray. Be assured you are in my
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the
house! There is a mousetrap in the
The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin
off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house head down
and dejected to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- the sound
of a mousetrap catching its prey.. The farmer's wife rushed to see
what was caught in the darkness, she did not see it. It was a
venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed
her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the
farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main
But his wife's sickness continued. Friends and
neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the
farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get
well . She died.
So many people came for
her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide
enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.
And the mouse looked
upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the
next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it
doesn't concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are
all at risk. We are all involved in this journery called life. We
must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to
encourage one another.
Each of us is a vital
thread in another person's tapestry. Our lives are woven together
for a reason.
One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.
The Chicken Dance
have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. It means going beyond any personal
discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would
tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care Ė
all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of
giving. And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and
inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.~unknown